As anyone who works in the maritime industry or their families can tell you, the maritime industry can be one of the most dangerous industries to work in on a day to day basis. Maritime injuries also involve some of the most complicated areas of the law. As a result, people injured offshore or on the docks often face legal uncertainty and complexity in the face of life-changing injuries.
The laws that govern maritime injury claims can include federal law, state law, and sometimes international law. For example, a vessel’s crew is subject to different laws than the longshoremen and stevedores that load and discharge that same vessel. Skilled maritime attorneys will navigate these types of complexities.
At Armstrong & Lee LLP, we make sense of the legal mess and can help set injured maritime workers on a path toward recovery. Contact us today for your free consultation.
What laws apply will often depend on whether the injured person is a:
Additionally, what law applies may depend on whether the accident occurs:
Once it is determined what law applies, injured maritime workers may be entitled to maintenance and cure benefits or benefits under state worker’s compensation laws. In addition, a lawsuit can often be brought against vessel owners and operators or other responsible parties for the injured worker’s past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The attorneys at Armstrong & Lee LLP have experience handling numerous maritime cases with significant damages. Our attorneys can help you and your loved ones navigate the complex framework of laws that govern maritime injuries and damages. Contact us today for your free consultation.